I just found out the other day that my sis and I got into Dickens this year - and what am I to do?! I don't have anything appropriate (that will fit)! Without resorting to a crash diet, the options are:
1. See if I can alter either the Cranford or Tea & Skate dress to fit (Boo!)
2. Make a whole new dress (Hurrah!)
While I've *cough* outgrew the dresses, I think it would be a relatively simple thing to alter the underthings to fit properly. I'm pretty sure that it's not as scary as it sounds to make a whole new dress.
The other hurdle (at least for me!) is that there are absolutely no guidelines on time period, at all. And I very much care. (The rules appear so far to be "no tennis shoes, no jeans, and skirts for women.....broad strokes much?)
In the handout for vendors, there is a page of 'hat ideas' - and each and every illustration is NOT from even a remotely Victorian time period. (Seriously. There is a 16th c ish man and woman, a couple of 18th c ladies, and a .....I don't know what the other one is supposed to be, but it looks early 'teens to me!)
As soon as the Wonderland costumes are taken care of, I think it's time to tackle the Great Dickens Beast!